+ THE ARCHCONFRATERNITY OF OUR LADY OF VICTORIES +

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From the Office of the Chancellor of The ArchConfraternity,

Most Revd. Anthony Earl-Williams, Bishop of St. Pancras & Penrhys,

18 Dunboyne Road, London NW3 2YY

Statement of Faith

 

Let it be known abroad that all persons wishing to become a member of the ArchConfraternity of Our Lady of Victories, Lay, Religious or Ordained, must affirm to the Statement of Faith contained in the said articles below .

 

I. the ArchConfraternity of Our Lady of Victories declares its belief in the ancient Symbol of Faith known as the Nicene Creed. The filioque clause in the Creed is retained.

 

I believe in one God; the Father Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, And of all things visible and invisible: And in one Lord Jesus Christ, the only begotten Son of God, Begotten of his Father before all worlds, God of God, Light of Light, Very God of very God, Begotten, not made, Being of one substance with the Father, By whom all things were made: Who for us men and for our salvation came down from heaven, And was incarnate by the Holy Ghost of the Virgin Mary, And was made man, And was crucified also for us under Pontius Pilate. He suffered and was buried, And the third day he rose again according to the Scriptures, And ascended into heaven, And sitteth on the right hand of the Father. And he shall come again with glory to judge both the living and the dead: Whose kingdom shall have no end. And I believe in the Holy Ghost, The Lord and giver of life, Who proceedeth from the Father and the Son, Who with the Father and the Son together is worshipped and glorified, Who spake by the Prophets. And I believe one Holy Catholic and Apostolic Church. I acknowledge one Baptism for the remission of sins. And I look for the Resurrection of the dead, And the life of the world to come.

 

the ArchConfraternity also accepts the other ancient statements of faith known as the Apostles' and Athanasian Creeds as equally valid and necessary for Salvation

 

 

  • the ArchConfraternity declares its belief in the Revelation of God and God's Son, Jesus Christ, found in the Canonical Scriptures (i.e. the Bible). This Revelation is inerrant in matters of faith.

 

  • the ArchConfraternity declares its belief in the Seven Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Penance (or reconciliation), Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick as signs of the Lord Jesus' continuing Presence and action in His Church and channels of Actual and Sanctifying Grace.

 

  • the ArchConfraternity declares its belief that the Eucharistic Celebration - the Mass - is a true Sacrifice and Propitiation as well for the living and the dead. The Mass is a representation of the one perfect sacrifice of Calvary when Our Lord offered Himself for the Salvation of the World; and it is a perfect remembrance of Christ's gift of Himself to us in Eucharistic Food at the Last Supper. The ArchConfraternity declares its belief in the actual, real and true Presence of Our Lord Jesus Christ: Body, Blood, Soul, and Divinity, in each and every portion of the eucharistic elements of bread and wine from the moment of their consecration in the Mass, by a validly ordained male Priest of the Catholic Church, until the moment of their dissolution.

 

  • the ArchConfraternity affirms that the unworthiness of a minister of a Sacrament does not invalidate the said Sacrament as long as the Sacrament is performed with the proper matter, form and intention of the Church.

 

  • the ArchConfraternity believes that the saints consist of those baptised people who are in perfect harmony with God and who still live in the Church Militant, as well the dear departed, both in the Church Expectant in Purgatory and in the Church Triumphant completely in God's presence. We may pray to God through the saints and ask the saints to intercede for us to God for they are already in His presence.

 

  • the ArchConfraternity believes that Mary, the mother of Jesus, is truly the Theotokos, or bearer of the Incarnation of the Second Person of the Trinity; by a mystery She was conceived Immaculate and remained Ever Virgin. The ArchConfraternity of Our Lady of Victories holds that after her Dormition, because she had borne the Son of the everlasting Father, the Blessed Virgin Mary was assumed body and soul into heavenly glory.

 

  • the ArchConfraternity declares its belief in the normative decrees of the Seven Ecumenical Councils of the undivided Church: the Council of Nicea in 325 AD, Constantinople in 381 AD, Ephesus in 431 AD, Chalcedon 451 AD, Constantinople II in 533 AD, Constantinople III in 680 AD, and ending with Nicea II in 787 AD.

 

  • the ArchConfraternity declares its belief in the Sacred Traditions of the One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic Church.

 

  • the ArchConfraternity, in accord with Sacred Tradition, declares its belief that the bishops of the Church are each Successors to the Apostles and hold the teaching authority granted to the Apostles by Jesus Christ. This authority is not vested in any single bishop, regardless of office or position, but is equally and jointly held by all bishops.

 

  • However, as Traditional Roman Catholics believing in its entirety the Roman Catholic Faith as proclaimed until the eve of the Second Vatican Council, the ArchConfraternity of Our Lady of Victories holds that the Supreme Pontiff of the Holy Roman Church is both Primus inter pares (First among equals) in relation to his brother Patriarchs in the Holy Orthodox Churches and yet, as successor to Saint Peter, truly the Vicar of Christ on Earth.

 

  • the ArchConfraternity separation from the post-conciliar (post-Vatican II) Roman Catholic Church subsists in our rejection of all modern liturgical practice (because this detracts from the sublime adoration which we human creatures owe to almighty God); but, supremely, in our rejection of false ecumenism which asserts that all religions are of equal intrinsic value. Were this correct Our Lord Jesus Christ would not have commanded the Apostles to, 'Go Ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.' ( St. Matthew, Ch. 28, w 19-20). Our God-given task then is always and everywhere to convert our neighbour to Christ and His One Holy, Catholic Church not to encourage falsehood and heresy by diluting the orthodox teachings and practice of the true Church.

 

  • The ArchConfraternity declares its belief that Apostolic Succession, vested in the bishops, and passed on by them in the Sacrament of Holy Orders, is necessary for the licit and efficacious celebration of the Sacraments. As part of the One, Holy Catholic, Apostolic and Orthodox Church we affirm our adherence to the ancient, intrinsic doctrine of the Universal Church that the threefold ministry of Deacons, Priests and Bishops is essentially male.

 

  • the ArchConfraternity declares its belief that it is called by Jesus Christ to preach the Good News of His life, death, and resurrection; and to extend His Sacraments to all who appropriately and reverently seek them.

 

  • Finally, let it be known that this Statement of Faith in every particular is the finite and absolute teaching and belief of the ArchConfraternity of Our Lady of Victories and that these aforesaid Articles, grounded in the Holy Tradition of the Universal Church, are irrevocable for all time.

 

Dated this day December 8th +2003, Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of Our Blessed Lady, at Covent Garden, London,WC2.

This Statement of Faith has been ratified as a "Statement of Faith and Belief', by the Chapter of Advice of the ArchConfraternity of Our Lady of Victories for all who seek membership, Lay, Religious or Ordained. therein.

 

The ArchConfraternity of Our Lady of Victories (2003)

 

 

 

 

THE ARCHCONFRATERNITY OF OUR LADY OF VICTORIES
(Part of the Worldwide Family of Traditional Roman Catholics)
18 Dunboyne Road, Hampstead, London, NW3 2YY

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